I know that some people on this forum are going soap/shampoo less, but I still feel the need to use soap, especially after my run. Unfortunately, as pointed by others most of the time in the shower is spent putting soap on and wasting water for no real other purpose than keeping me warm. So I found that the best way for me to save water and energy (not time) was to turn off the water when putting soap on. Of course I am not actually turning the taps off, but using one of these (link to Amazon):
As you can see on the picture, there is a on/off switch on the shower head. I do not find that pressure is wierd with mine as I have seen with some shower heads. I still have to solve the cold issue to convince my wife to do the same in the winter though
There are a couple versions of these out there. The new one sold at big box stores is mostly plastic. But the old all-metal one is still available at old-school hardware chain stores like Ace or True Value (which I just bought a month or two ago).
The downside to these is they need strong water pressure to make a good shower. If you don't have good pressure it will remind you of a Seinfield episode.
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joseph wittenberg wrote:We use these, they are great. The cheap one wears out and eventually leaks from the sides
Nice to hear! Though do you mean the cheap plastic one (as R. Scott referred to) or a cheap metal one?
Both the Amazon links in this thread are brass (metal) with a chrome finish. It's hard to imagine the metal ones leaking, but I suppose they could. At $10 or $12 each, and potential savings of gallons of hot water each shower, I wonder how long it should last to make fiscal sense. I imagine not too long at that price. Anybody have numbers on that handy?
From a quick Internet search it seems that 2.5 gpm is now standard for shower head, so I will use this as a baseline. Let's say that we take a 10 min shower with such a shower head, we are using 25 gallons of water. Assuming we take a shower every day that is 9125 gal. Wow!
Now, if we have a shower head with the same flow rate but with the on/off button and we only need 3 min with the water on we are using 7.5 gal per shower and 2737.5 gal per year. That is a difference of 6387.5 gal in one year.
I am not sure what the selling price is per gal as we don't pay directly for our water here (rolled in our house taxes), but my guess is that it could save some money, especially for a family. I like the savings in term of water though.
How about an aerated shower head - http://www.ecocamel.com/products/shower-heads - not used them but sounds useful!
Quote from site - Independent testing at Liverpool John Moores University demonstrated average water savings of 40% compared to standard shower heads. This translates to a saving of around 56,000 litres of water a year, based on a family of four taking a daily seven-minute shower.
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posted 4 years ago
I have these shower heads on all my showers (4). They make quite a difference in water use, especially when being used simultaneously. Best of all, they give an invigorating shower with low pressure (with high pressure they can flay the skin off of you). The better ones come with two or more discs, with different patterns to match your conditions and preference.
They do need periodic cleaning with a delimer. When the spray pattern gets irregular, it is time for cleaning. Often, only the disc needs cleaning (cheap discs will deteriorate and will need replacing). My girls recently let theirs get to where it choked the water off almost entirely, before they finally let me know. I had to soak it overnight.
When the local water company replaced our mains with larger pipe, the pressure dropped. With these shower heads, I hardly noticed, while many neighbors complained.
Regarding the on/off valve, I use it often, but not always, and no one else in the family is inclined to use it. I have considered self-closing valves but never really looked into it seriously. If water use ever became a problem, I think that would be the way to go, along with low-flow shower heads.
My father was in the Merchant Marine in WWII and he learned how to take a 3-minute shower with 30 seconds of water. He tried to teach his 8 kids the same (30 gallons of hot water doesn't make it very far into 10 showers), but we rarely complied-- except when we were last in line.